Exploits collecting "free" wood #3: Colors of the kill

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 10-24-2013 09:47 PM 1966 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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now that are slow was finally melted I can get back to hauling logs for the winter. Where I had been getting logs from is currently buried with snow. So I went shopping through the hills for trees I could get to. Found a very large patch that was very easy to access.

It’s located near a scenic area

Although I look for all kinds of trees, beetle kill pine is by far the most common one that I do cut down. Most people think that the only color of beetle kill is blue and white, however it comes in many colors. Today I was pleasantly surprised when I was cutting some trees down and found red spots in the wood. The red fungus is much less common than the blue fungus. I usually expect about 1 out of 10 trees to have red (or pink) streaks in them. I cut 6 today and they all had red spots.

When used for projects they look like this

I will post pictures when I slab these (hopefully this weekend).

Thanks for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 09:54 PM

Cool. We had a freak 5 minute snow “storm” here in southern Indiana today. I was at home and heard it going nuts outside. It’s way too early for us to have snow here. So the idea of everything being snow covered make me want to go climb in my bed under 5 warm quilts and stay there all night. LOL

Great find. Can’t wait to see the pics.

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 09:55 PM

Lucky you! Good pick up can’t wait to see what comes of it all.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 10:43 PM

Monte…You are like a kid in a candy store with those trees…! NICE…

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 11:30 PM

Like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter. Get em while you can. Some great looking lumber there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 12:56 AM

I never saw trees growing horizontally like those. Must be a SD thing huh?

Those red streaks are cool!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 01:02 AM

Great to live in an area that beautiful. Of course, Louisiana isn’t really much to look at (at least the New Orleans area) we don’t ever have to worry about digging ourselves out of snow. Happy for you Monte, that wood is spectacular.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 10-25-2013 01:15 AM

Awesome score! Cant wait to see what you make from them

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-25-2013 02:21 AM

Pretty place…. pretty wood.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 03:39 AM

Andy, That is a SD thing. It doesn’t surprise me trees would be horizontal. I towed my travel trailer through there many years ago. It was towing at quite an angle with the back about a foot our of line due to the wind!

Lucky find Monte. I have some dying big leaf maple I am hoping will be stapled when I drop it ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 09:15 AM

Nice slabs Monte. Those trees seem to be growing a really steep hill, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 08:08 PM

Just curious… do you have to pay someone to allow you to cut trees from their property? Or do you just go wandering out in the open woods and select what you want?

Nice red accents by the way!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#12 posted 10-25-2013 08:20 PM

I have a permit to cut dead and dying trees in the national forest. Private landowners usually give me the beetle kill pine.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 10-25-2013 08:27 PM

That is incredible Monte! Love the pictures. I want a liscence just like that. I want to be near those trees as well.

I can’t believe you guys. Monte’s camera was sideways! I recognize those trees! They grow upside down!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 10-26-2013 12:03 AM

Mark, The truly incredible thing about those ‘horizontal pines’ is that they stand back upright when you cut them!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-26-2013 12:22 AM

You sir are a smart man! Beautiful ! How and where do you store the treasure?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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